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Craig Tutterow

Social Science Researcher

 Welcome. I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Organizations & Markets in the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. Feel free to contact me for more information about my current research projects (listed below).

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  • Social Science
  • Economic Sociology
  • Social Networks
  • University Teaching
  • Data Collection/Analysis
  • Web Development


Ph.D. in Organizations & Markets

Booth School of Businessexpected 2015

M.A. in Sociology

University of Chicago2008-2010

B.A. in Sociology

Haverford College2003-2007

Research Interests

Mediated markets

Social structure of information exchange

History of economic institutions

Computing Skills

Python (scipy, numpy, networkx, beautifulsoup)

R (network, sna, igraph)






Amazon Web Services Stack

I also dabble a bit in hardware

Teaching Assistance

Strategic Leadership

Professor Rider, AXP/EXP2014
Professor Burt, XP/EMBA2012-2013
Professor Yenkey, MBA2012

Strategy and Structure

Professor Pontikes, MBA/EMBA2010-2011


The (ironically small) Measured Effect of Metric and Rankings on Higher Education: A Systematic Review (with James Evans)

forthcoming, Research in the Sociology of Organizations. Eds.: Elizabeth Popp-Berman, Catherine Paradeise2016

We systematically review scholarship on the influence of ranking / scoring on 1) the position and 2) the strategic behavior of universities, schools and departments. Much literature has estimated the influence of rank on position, and the effect is small (e.g., 1 rank position <= 1% more applicants/students) and comparable to that in many other institutional domains. This estimation exercise, however, understates the much larger effect of metrification on the institutional structure, strategy, behavior and quality of research outputs associated with science, scholarship and higher education--an effect demonstrated in other areas.

Working Papers

Complying with Commensuration: Systemic Effects of Rankings on Student and Administrative Behavior in U.S. Higher Education

Structural Authority and Market Distortion: A Comparison of Mediated Markets Represented as Network Structures

I develop a computational model for cross-context comparison mediated markets according to their network structure. I compare a number of prototypical intermediary structures and develop implications about their impact on the accuracy and heterogeneity of consumer quality estimates.

Cooptation and Bureaucratization in the Early 20th Century US Railroad Industry

A second-wave of bureaucratization occurred in the early 20th century US railroads following public accounting reform. Because these clerks were providing financial information to external constituents and not costing information to managers, this influx of bureaucrats did not correspond to increases in efficiency, as it did in Chandler's examination of mid-19th century firms when the rise of the M-form organization spawned the emergence of a professional managerial class.

Conference Presentations

Structural Authority and Market Distortion: A Comparison of Mediated Markets Represented as Network Structures

AOM, Philadelphia, PA; ASA, San Francisco, CA 2014

Changing the Nature of the Firm: Accounting Reform and Bureaucratization in the Early 20th Century US Railroads.

SSHA, Chicago, IL2013

Commensuration and Status Dispersion: How College Rankings Modify the Ecology of Matriculation Decisions.

SASE, Boston, MA2012

The Insider Problem: Measuring Information Access in Social Networks.

ASA, Las Vegas, NV2011

Accounting Reform and Bureaucratization in the Early 20th Century Railroad Industry.

SASE, Philadelphia, PA2009


Graduate Fellowship

University of Chicago, Booth2010-

Student Paper Award


Social Sciences Division Fellowship

University of Chicago2008-2010



ASA Econ. Sociology Section2011-2014

Book Review Board

American Journal of Sociology2010-2012

Coordinator, MMC Workshop

University of Chicago CAS2009-2012


American Sociological Association

Academy of Management


Social Science History Association

Web-based social network analysis

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I developed a web tool to visualize and analyze a user's LinkedIn network. It is used at a number of schools for live, in-class tutorials on network analysis (including Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, University of Texas, London Business School and others). It uses javascript and the LinkedIn API to calculate a number of relevant social network metrics, and draws on the d3js library to generate a dynamic network graph of the user's contacts colored by industry.

Historical Statistics on the Railroads

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I digitized large time-series, panel and cross-sectional datasets on the financials and labor force of the late 19th/early 20th century US railroads with the help of some friends.

Personal Information

Address University of Chicago

 Booth School of Business

 5807 S. Woodlawn Ave

 Chicago, IL 60613

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